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Vegas police search six sites in investigation of counseling service
Brox, who separately is facing sexual assault charges, also solicited
business from casinos. When the casinos detained people on trespassing
and other minor criminal charges, the casinos were to route those
people into Brox's program rather than calling police to make the
arrests, detectives alleged in sworn affidavits last year. Once
enrolled, the detainees were charged $500 and the company would kick
back $100 to the casinos for each person who completed the program. The
transactions amounted to an end run on the justice system, police
agents step up probe of indicted high-roller's claims
LAS VEGAS - State gaming agents are stepping up an investigation into
an indicted high-roller's claims that Harrah's Entertainment casinos
unlawfully encouraged him to gamble away tens of millions of dollars by
keeping him in a constant state of intoxication.
mum about rumors the Rio is for sale -- Gaming company has comment on
Bloomberg News report
Bloomberg News on Friday cited unnamed sources as saying that Harrah's
is seeking bids for the 89-acre property and Starwood Capital Group and
Colony Capital are weighing bids for the property.
Pay for pre-shift meetings spurs suit against Harrah’s
LAS VEGAS - A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday is the latest in a series
of class-action pay claims filed by Nevada workers. This week’s case is
against Harrah’s Entertainment. The suit alleges Harrah’s requires
workers to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before their shifts start but
doesn’t pay them for the extra time.
CEO Gary Loveman at Milken Global 2010
Mary Ellen Slayter interviews Gary Loveman, CEO and Chairman of
Harrah's on the state of the hospitality business and how to keep your
team inspired during tough times.
withdraws objection to Station bidding procedures
RENO - Boyd Gaming Corp. on Wednesday withdrew its objection to Station
Casinos' proposed bidding procedures, less than two days after the
company said the auction plan was going to be the "focus of our
efforts" in bankruptcy hearings.
state senator named to Gaming Commission
CARSON CITY – Sen. Randolph Townsend, a 27-year member of the Nevada
Legislature, has been named to the five-member Nevada Gaming
Commission, which makes final decisions on casino matters.
Cap on Builders Could Threaten Casinos
HONG KONG—Macau's government is proposing a new law that would restrict
the number of nonresident workers on construction projects, potentially
disrupting ambitious expansion plans by the territory's casino
seems Las Vegas hasn't done enough for Steve Wynn
If after all Las Vegas has done for Steve Wynn isn't enough to engender
his loyalty, then there's only one thing left to do. Help the ingrate
Mohegan Sun Profits Plummet, Net Income Falls 40 Percent
CONNECTICUT - The owner of Mohegan Sun on Thursday reported huge profit
declines for the second-fiscal quarter that ended March 31, as overall
slot revenues fell more than 2 percent and administrative costs surged
may backfire on tribal casinos
A California band of Indians that runs a bustling casino won an
important court ruling last week. If it holds up on appeal, California
tribes could gain the power to expand their casinos without having to
pay significant money into state coffers.
Frank Facing Vote Delay As McDermott Bill Gets Hearing
WASHINGTON, D.C. - While a long running labour dispute in Atlantic City
may make it more difficult for a House committee to vote against an
Internet gambling ban, another committee has scheduled a May 26 hearing
on a bill by Rep. Jim McDermott to tax online betting.
worry as betting goes online --Gaming industry fears losing out, pushes
governments to allow Canadian websites
A trend towards betting on websites instead of going to casinos has the
Canadian gaming industry wondering how to get a cut of the new online
AT WORK: Family ties lead Gaughan to track
John Gaughan figured he was destined for the family business. When he
came home from the University of Nebraska in 1988, a management
position with his father Michael Gaughan's airport slot machine
operations was on the agenda. It seemed like a good way to learn the
Vegas posts nation’s highest metropolitan foreclosure rate
Las Vegas continued to post the nation’s highest metropolitan
foreclosure rate during the first quarter.
signs $1 billion Seminole gambling deal
TALLAHASSEE - With little fanfare, Gov. Charlie Crist on
Wednesday signed the bill ratifying the $1 billion Seminole gambling
compact with the state and lowering the tax rate on South Florida
Pennsylvania Gaming board moves to strip Foxwoods group of license ...
It was a last-ditch effort, and the investors behind the Foxwoods
Casino knew it. They have had no money, no design, no project, since
Las Vegas tycoon Steve Wynn left them at the altar on April 8.
Wynn still interested in Philadelphia casino, if Foxwoods drops out
Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn said Thursday he would consider
taking another look at the Philadelphia gaming market if the license
for a stalled slots parlor is revoked.
A Dangerous Victory For US Tribes
A recent landmark appeal court ruling in California which found that
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had strong-armed tribes over revenue
sharing agreements is unlikely to be enough to reverse a growing tide
of anti-sovereignty sentiment.
The Bear Growls
Long-time Las Vegas-based advantage player, casino critic, and frequent
contributor LVBear offers his opinions on things that sometimes go
wrong in the world of casinos.
Current and past growls can be read and comments posted at LVBear's
Beat the Players - Casinos, Cops and the
Game Inside the Game, by Bob Nersesian
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discusses specific cases and dispenses sound, practical advice that
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discussed are from Nevada and other jurisdictions.
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Barfarkel is the pseudonym of a skilled card counter who treats card
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